Hebrew University Organizes Buenos Aires Cannabis Conference

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A cannabis plant was brought to the Knesset on Nov. 24, 2009 for the Labor Welfare and Health Committee, which was addressing the issue of medical marijuana.

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) Hebrew University of Jerusalem is organizing Argentina’s first international conference on medicinal cannabis.

The International Conference on Cannabis’ Endocannabinoid and Medicinal System in Argentina will take place October 24-25 at NH Tango Porteño Hotel in Buenos Aires.

In August, the Argentine government passed a law on the medicinal use of cannabis and its derivatives after it was sanctioned by Congress in late March.

“This law aims to establish a regulatory framework for medical and scientific research of medical, therapeutic or palliative pain of the plant of cannabis and its derivatives use, guaranteeing and promoting comprehensive health care,” the law states.

Hebrew University explained why it chose Buenos Aires for the international academic conference, titled Latinoamericanna.

“Motivated by Argentina’s privileged potential, thanks to its land’s extension and climatic variations, its prestige in agricultural and technological methods, its undeniable scientific capacity and endowment, that includes two Nobel prizes in medicine and one in chemistry, by the regional and international standing of its universities, and by its leadership in the expansion of its citizens’ rights, interested in and concerned for generating serious discussion, worthy of the principal protagonists on the subject, we, members of the Argentinean Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem together with LatinoameriCANNA Consultora, muster our best efforts to bring to our continent the principal cannabinoid researchers so that, together with local professionals of recognized accomplishment, we can position Argentina and the region within this fascinating world of scientific progress and economic development,” said a statement on the conference’s website.

Israeli researcher Prof. Raphael Mechoulan will be a featured panelist at the conference. Mechoulan was featured last month on the cover of the THC Magazine, which stands for The Hemp Connoisseur, as “the genius of cannabis,” in an article that recognizes Israeli expertise in the area.

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